Have you dabbled in soy? If not why not? Have you ignored every bit of health advice published in the last 10 years advocating the use of soy products? If you have you might be feeling a little smug right now, because research is suggesting that soy is not all that it’s cracked up to be.
Now me, I’ve never done the soy thing. Firstly it tastes horrendous and secondly I have an underactive thyroid. Having this thyroid condition means that I have spent many years googling the subject in the hope that I will find a cure and all my kilos will miraculously melt away. Sadly no cure (and still the kilos) but some very pointed warnings about the negative effects of soy and thyroid so I was happy to avoid all use of soy products.
Seems I may have spare myself a whole mess of trouble in other areas to. Let’s have a look at the latest research.
- Consumption of soy may lead to hormonal changes, fertility supression and breast cancer. This is due to soy blocking the production of the action of oestrogen in the body.
- The link between soy and breast cancer prevention is questionable. Scientists now believe that research based on the low incidence of breast cancer in Asian women may be more about the fruit and vegetable consumed rather than the soy.
- Soy prevents the absorption of minerals and proteins particularly calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc.
So the advice. Eat one to two serves of soy at most. This is going to prove problematic for those of us who are forced to consume soy in products such as fortified breads and cereals–read the food labels if you don’t believe me.
That was the food industry’s response to the medical research. Load up all the products with a many soy products as possible. I’ll bet they hope this latest research will just go away. Image